The state is footing the bill for the intersection, which requires a significant change in grade. The road can't be widened without being raised because of raised tracks along side of it. Larger cars, tractor trailers, and buses already get stuck over the tracks sometimes, so a wider intersection will have to be graded away from the tracks, adding significant costs to the project.
Ya, what I was saying was temporary at best, and eliminates the unsafe condition of having cars trying to scooch around left turning cars that are holding up traffic. The first step I would think, is to eliminate an unsafe condition, and that is a pretty bad one a light change could fix for now. That intersection is just terrible having a train track with that steep a grade 20 feet from it.
The green light plan to widen Nicholson is not the same project as the one to improve the intersection, which will be state funded.
I'm not really trying to differentiate between state and local government here. Its not a distinction I really care about. Just the fact this intersection had engineering selection in 2002 and still hasn't been done, and that a minor change to alleviate a dangerous condition would have been nice.
But hey, maybe they considered my light idea change and that invented some other problem, but I just don't see how this intersection could get any worse (short of just blowing it up and not fixing it
) than it currently is until they do the big overhaul.
This post was edited on 2/1 at 1:38 pm